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adenosine

Line breaks: ad¦eno|sine
Pronunciation: /əˈdɛnə(ʊ)siːn
 
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Definition of adenosine in English:

noun

[mass noun] Biochemistry
A compound consisting of adenine combined with ribose, present in all living tissue in combined form as nucleotides.
Example sentences
  • The nucleotide elements of DNA are adenosine, guanine, cytosine, and thymine, abbreviated A, G, C, and T, respectively.
  • For instance, the adenine nucleotide, adenosine, can theoretically be produced entirely abiotically.
  • This is the enzyme responsible for converting adenosine to inosine in the catabolism of the purines.

Origin

early 20th century: blend of adenine and ribose.

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